Wiki with git backend

October 3, 2014 on 11:16 am | In geeky | No Comments

During a time void, also known as compile time among programmers, I started to play with an idea that had surfaced earlier in lunch time discussions with colleagues. The more I though about it, the worse the idea seemed, and the more I wanted to see how much work it would be. The original idea was that a git would make a great knowledgebase, giving nice diffs and logs and so on, but the less technologically savvy were a bit reluctant, as the magic black-boxes-with-gray-text are not what they consider user friendly. Hence a better interface was needed. And of course plugging a server side wiki engine to a git backend was too simple of a solution. No no no. Of course it had to be done in browser. And hence giki was born.

So, what exactly is giki? It is a slightly modified js wiki formatting engine, jquery-wikitext glued on self made git repo parser, utilizing inflate.js from zip.js. The result is a very simple read-only wiki, using a git repo over HTTP and doing all the magic in the browser.

Does it work? Sure it does. Is it useful? Not in the least. Why then? Because I could. If you're still interested, see it action (use view source to get to the source). I also used the same git blob parser to implement a simple repo browser.

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